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The Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) cluster covers a broad range of topics related to computers: from how computers are designed, networked and programmed, through to how to plan, design, build and maintain the right systems for the right job using the latest technologies, to how to use computers to study and use artificial intelligence and complex systems. Computers are used in nearly every area of life, and this is seen in our degrees and research, which as well as focussing on ‘pure’ computer science, can also take in knowledge from other subjects, such as accounting, biology, electronics, finance, history, geography, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and psychology.
Worldwide, there is a shortage of suitably qualified people to work in these areas, and this is expected to continue for many years to come. Professionals in computer science, information technology, and software engineering are strongly sought after for many roles: applications and systems programmers, systems analysts and designers, systems and database managers, teachers and university lecturers, independent computer consultants, and many more.
An engineering degree is hugely varied and exciting, leading to a multi-disciplinary highway that could take you just about anywhere.
Student Mikola Kyle is animated when talking about her third year experience at Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, where she is majoring in Multimedia Systems Engineering.
“Last year we made interactive displays for a big project in Design for Multimedia Systems and Multimedia Content Creation papers. For these displays we had interactive audio and visual aspects that a user could play with by manipulating a Wii re-mote (Wii-mote). The various actions changed audio and graphics on our screen and made robots dance!”
Mikola says for these two papers they also made some videos in Final Cut Pro - a program used by designers and advertisers.
“The videos we made had to fall into three or four categories. The one we chose was Nature versus Technology to show how technology has advanced and is mimicking nature. The music for the video was created in Pro Tools, a program used by all top sound engineers.”
For one of Mikola’s fourth year elective papers she is doing a Digital Animated Media paper from the College of Creative Arts. “I’ve just finished making my own one minute animation. It was really nice to get the creative juices flowing among every day technical tasks.”
“Also our lecturer is still part time employed at Weta Digital, so it has been amazing working with someone who works for one of the biggest companies in the industry.”
Mikola has also had holiday work at Weta Digital in Wellington, getting to put her studies into immediate practice. Could this be a taste of things to come?
“For my final year project, which I will be doing with a fellow student, we are planning on building a multi-touch, touch table so users will be able to interact with the screen. The user will receive audio and visual response from touching the screen. We are really excited about the prospects, and look forward to the outcome of this.”
Mikola says she was initially attracted to the Multimedia systems engineering degree by the creative design elements some of the papers offer.
The technical aspects connected to the design process also intrigue her and the multi-media part of the degree was a definite drawcard.
“I see endless work opportunities after I graduate with this degree, maybe with a film company, or computer graphics.”
“Whatever direction the degree takes me,” she adds, “I’d like to be working in something I am passionate about.”
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